The Bunpro Race through the Past Of Japan

We are back after quite a long break!
We would like to invite you to the new Bunpro Race - A race through Japanese history [Edo Edition]. This race will cover the period between November 11th of 1563 when Oda Nobunaga entered Kyoto, starting the process of unifying Japan and ending January 3rd of 1868, the day Emperor Meiji stripped shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu of all power and declared the restoration of his power starting the Meiji Restoration and rapid modernization of Japan.

Edo (now Tokyo)

Panorama of Edo (now Tokyo) showing daimyo residences, Japan’’, by Felice Beato, 1865 or 1866.

How it works:

  • This is a community game that any Bunpro user can play.
  • Reviewing grammar on Bunpro counts toward the collective pool.
List of interesting events in Japanese history between 1568 and 1868. Unfold to learn more.
  1. 1568 Oda Nobunaga enters Kyoto, which started a long process of unification of Japan
  2. 1582 Nobunaga is murdered and succeeded by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
  3. 1588 Hideyoshi confiscates the weapons of farmers and religious institutions in the “Sword Hunt”.
  4. 1590 Toyotomi Hideyoshi has prevailed over the Late Hōjō clan in the siege of Odawara in the Kantō region, completing the re-unification of Japan.
  5. 1592-98 (Failed) invasion of Korea.
  6. 1598 Death of Hideyoshi.
  7. 1600 The Battle of Sekigahara is won by forces of Tokugawa Ieyasu.
  8. 1603 The Edo period starts after Tokugawa Ieyasu received from Emperor Go-Yōzei the title of shōgun.
  9. 1615 The siege of Osaka is complete with the Battle of Tennōji: Tokugawa Ieyasu ended Toyotomi clan opposition.
  10. 1635 The Sakoku Edict of 1635 was issued by the Tokugawa Shogunate. This started 200 years-long periods of isolation and barred the Japanese from leaving Japan and also barred Europeans from entering, on pain of death. The trade was strictly regulated, allowing Europeans, Chinese, and Koreans to trade only in specially designated places like Dejima
  11. 1688-1703 Genroku era: popular culture flourishes.
  12. 1703 Forty-seven ronin were ordered to commit seppuku by the shōgun.
  13. 1712 The Wakan Sansai Zue, the first Japanese encyclopaedia, was published.
  14. 1720 The foreign books restrictions are reduced, starting a Rangaku - “Dutch learning” practice.
  15. 1853 Matthew C. Perry arrives off the coast of Japan in four ships. Perry orders harbor buildings to be shelled to force negotiations for a letter President Millard Fillmore sent to the ruler of Japan. This incident was coined as the “Arrival of the Black Ships” in Japanese history.
  16. 1854 Matthew C. Perry signs the Convention of Kanagawa. Within five years, Japan signs similar treaties with other western countries, thus ending an isolation period of more than 200 years known as sakoku (鎖国), whereby the Dutch and Chinese ships had limited trade exclusivity.
  17. 1860 The Japanese ship Kanrin Maru arrives in San Francisco with the delegation, marking the first official visit to a foreign state following the end of its 214-year isolationist policy, demonstrating the degree to which Japan had mastered Western navigation techniques and ship technologies in the 6 years since opening its borders.
  18. 1867 Emperor Kōmei died at the age of 35. It’s generally believed due to the smallpox epidemic. This marked the end of the Edo period and the beginning of Meiji Period as Emperor Meiji ascended the Chrysanthemum throne.
  19. 1868-1869 The Boshin War was fought between forces of the ruling Tokugawa shogunate and those seeking to return political power to the Imperial Court.
  20. 1868 The Meiji Restoration restored practical abilities and the political system under Emperor Meiji. This ended the Tokugawa Shogunate and started the rapid modernization of Japan.
  • In total, 304 years, 1 month, 25 days, or simply 111 079 days.
  • Each review is worth 1 day this time, so we need a total of 111 079 reviews.

  • Every participant will receive an additional unique and really cool badge!

How to join:

Reply to the last post in this thread with the following

Current Count + 'Your Reviews = The New Current Count

Optional, if posting reviews more than once a day

Current Count + (Your Reviews (Day 1) + Your Reviews (Day 2) + Your Reviews (Day n)) = The New Current Count

This is a community effort! So your number should always be added to the person who posted before you. For example -

12,020 (community total) + ( 3 reviews in this case] ) = 12,046

We are starting today, so do not add reviews done earlier than today!


Also, feel free to share your favorite events in Japanese history when posting :+1:


Starting this time :slight_smile:

0 (community total) + 8 = 8

Haaave fun everybody!


8+5 = 13

Have fun everyone!


13 (community total) + 65 (my reviews) = 78

And so it begins!


78 (community total) + 17 (my reviews) = 95


Starting small, but excited to be joining! 95+2=97


97 (community total) + 46 (my reviews) = 143


143 (community total) + 30 (my reviews) = 173



173 (community total) + 40 (my reviews) = 213
There are a lot of reviews to go through this time, good luck everyone! :+1:


213 (community total) + 30 (my reviews) = 243


243 (community total) + 35 (my reviews) = 278

Time for all the lurkers like me to make themselves known again. Who can resist the allure of that shiny badge after all!


278 (community total) + 22 (my reviews) = 300


300 (community total) + 71 (my reviews) = 371

  • 5 reviews done today = 376 yay

376 (community total) + 83 (my reviews) = 459

might have gotten a bit overboard…

Are we still doing the x2 thing?


459 (community total) + 7 (my reviews) = 466


466 (community total) + 73 (my reviews) = 539


539 (community total) + 51 (my reviews) = 590


590 (community total) + 30 (my reviews) = 620

We’re back babyyyyyy!


620 + 10 = 630